Retired Charreria Horses Start Second Careers in Mexico City

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Mexico’s national sport, charreria, is a kind of rodeo made up of different equestrian competitions — complete with glamorously dressed horses.

Since their arrival from Spain in the 1500s, horses have been a rich part of Mexico’s history. And there is perhaps no better representation of the country’s unique culture and national identity than charreria.

Horses begin training for charreria at age 3 and by 15, they’re retired. Horses can live for another 20 years, though most of them spend their post-rodeo days pulling garbage carts or waiting to be sent to a slaughterhouse. The lucky ones, however, find second careers in breeding, or working as therapy horses. Read more…

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